Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe quits amid Trump criticism

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who abruptly stepped down on Monday, told friends that he felt pressure to leave from the bureau's Director Christopher Wray, The New York Times reported.

CNN reports McCabe will retire in March so he can retain full benefits.

McCabe, slated to step down in March, has been said to be using accumulated leave.

McCabe has received blistering criticism from Donald Trump, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president had no part in McCabe's abrupt departure. Asked about how people should view Trump's frequent Twitter tirades against McCabe, Sanders said the President is simply doing the public a favor. Trump dismissed the report as "Fake News".

Mrs Clinton was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in her misuse of a personal email server while serving as secretary of state.

And during the call, he made a decision to take a shot at McCabe after the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation chief said that while he hadn't been asked to authorize the flight but would have if asked.

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Republicans have noted that McCabe's wife previously ran as a Democrat for a seat in Virginia's state Senate and received donation funds from then-Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of Hillary and Bill Clinton, the former president. Some exchanges suggest that the two officials had concluded months before the end of the Clinton investigation that the FBI would not charge her with a crime.

Another Trump campaign associate, Paul Manafort, was the first person charged in the Russian Federation probe on October 30, led by FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Trump also reportedly summoned McCabe to his office in May, shortly after he had fired FBI Director James Comey, to ask him whom he voted for in the 2016 elections, The Washington Post reported last week.

Asked about Trump's confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein, who is expected to be the next to go, clearing the way for Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, Sanders told reporters, "When the President no longer has confidence in someone, you'll know".

"The FBI must do what it can to move forward with a clean slate".

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